As colder weather approaches the North West, it is common for many people to notice an increase in aches and pains in your neck, spine and lower back. You might find that what was bothersome before in the summer and fall temperatures is now becoming more of a hindrance. To he mitigate your pain, it’s helpful to understand how and why the weather can affect your spine.
Regardless if you live in a warmer climate like Florida or California versus the North East or North West, like New York or Washington, when temperatures drop, people tend to experience more back pain. Your body becomes adjusted to the region you live, so when temperatures drop, you are still likely to experience more back pain than you do in the warmer seasons.
2. Gloomy Days
During the winter months, it’s common for people to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression. Being depressed can lead to an increase in back pain, whether it’s from tension, less activity or emotional well being. The added stress of the holidays is also a contributor. It’s important for you to take time for yourself, relax and do things your enjoy.
3. Shorter Days
When Daylight Savings ends and there is less daylight, many people also become less active. It’s important to stay active year round and if you live in a climate where it’s too cold in the winter to go outside for activities, you should find activities you can do inside. Like walking in a mall, yoga class or a heated indoor pool.
4. Cold Temperatures
Similar to how people will say they can feel a storm coming because of joint pain, the cold weather can have a similar impact. Although to date there is no scientific proof that this is related to barometric pressure changes, there does seem to be a correlation. When tendons, ligaments and muscles are cold we do know that they become tight and less flexible. Keeping warm in the colder months will help keep them loose and flexible. So be sure to bundle up when you do go outside.
In the North West part of the county, it’s almost certain that it will snow and when it does, many of us have to shovel. Although shoveling can help keep you active, it can also be damaging to your back and neck. Be sure that when you do shovel, to take breaks and use proper posture. You should also be sure that you wear the right type of shoes when you go outside to help avoid falls. Be sure that you allow extra time to get places, as you will want to walk and drive a bit slower to help reduce any accidents that can lead to injury.
If you find that the winter months are causing your pain to worsen, we can help!
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